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Busy Romford road set to benefit from £100k of safety improvements for drivers and pedestrians

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 September 2017

The only recorded fatality on London Road in the last five years came after a pedestrian was hit by a car at the junction of Cromer Road. Photo: Google Maps

The only recorded fatality on London Road in the last five years came after a pedestrian was hit by a car at the junction of Cromer Road. Photo: Google Maps

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A £100,000 scheme to make a busy road into Romford safer for drivers and pedestrians is expected to be given the green light by Havering Council next week.

Following a public consultation, schemes to install a number of speed tables, pedestrian crossings and a miniroundabout on London Road have been recommended to councillors.

The proposals call for humped pelican crossings to be installed outside Crowlands Primary School, Cottons Park and the Slaters Arms, while a miniroundabout and zebra crossing would be installed at London Road’s junction with Jutsums Lane.

Speed tables would also be installed east of Cromer Road and west of Burlington Avenue.

As part of a consultation on the planned changes, 400 letters were delivered by hand and by post to areas most affected by the proposals – although one resident raised concerns over increased pollution levels, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Hayley McClenaghan, the headteacher at Crowlands Primary School, told the council: “I fully support the proposed works for London Road.

“Our people and their families are at risk daily due to the inconsiderate road users around our school who both speed past our school, (including ignoring traffic signals) and who park inconsiderately.

“I think these works need to be completed as a matter of urgency.”

A council endorsed survey of traffic on London Road found that up to 1,700 cars use the road during peak times, and despite a speed limit of 30mph, some drivers heading into Romford have been clocked going as fast as 50mph.

Between July 2011 and July 2016, there were 59 recorded accidents on the road.

One of these incidents, in which a pedestrian was hit by a car, was fatal.

The estimated £100,000 needed to complete the works would be raised in the form of a grant from Transport for London’s local implementation plan to reduce accidents across the capital.

To ensure Havering Council accesses the full amount of the grant, this money would need to be spent by March 31 next year.

Havering Council’s highways advisory committee are due to vote on the proposals at a meeting at Havering Town Hall next Tuesday.

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